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10 surprising uses for your smart home appliances

Smart appliances are gaining popularity and making the everyday tasks of caring for a family more efficient and enjoyable. Whether it’s a washing machine that you can control during your morning commute or an oven you can preheat while you’re busy chopping vegetables across the kitchen, smart appliances are convenient, functional and becoming a staple in many homes. 

Whirlpool® smart appliances include ranges, microwaves, washers and dryers and have a wide variety of capabilities to help you tackle your to-do list. With the Whirlpool® App on your smartphone, you can start and monitor your appliance while you’re busy elsewhere. And when your hands are full, use your compatible voice-enabled device to stay in control of your kitchen with a voice command. Read this guide to learn more about the many features of smart appliances.

What is considered a smart home appliance?

Smart appliances are controlled remotely from your smartphone or other device. They may be able to remember your preferred settings, automate your daily chores and more. Smart appliances use sensors to detect, monitor and adjust settings and activity in your appliance.

Whirlpool brand smart appliances include wall ovens, ranges, microwaves, washers and dryers. Select voice-enabled devices, app integration and other features let you set, start, pause and track progress on your appliances, no matter your location.

Uses for your smart ranges and ovens

A smart oven or range makes cooking convenient by allowing you to control it remotely from your device. Smart ranges and ovens may be able to adjust the temperature or time depending on the food inside or even follow recipe instructions from an app. Read on to learn more about the uses for your smart ranges and ovens.

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1. Preheat the oven remotely

Whether you are on the way home from a busy day at the office or don’t want to leave your food prep station to preheat the oven, the ability to conveniently preheat remotely from your device is important to making your day run smoothly. With select smart ovens and ranges from Whirlpool brand, you can even skip preheating with FrozenBake Technology.

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2. Scan-to-Cook Technology

Making your favorite foods is easier than ever with Scan-to-Cook Technology. This feature allows you to scan a frozen food’s barcode, browse a list of supported items or search for food directly, and send cooking instructions straight to your smart oven or microwave.

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3. Send multiple-step recipe instructions to the oven

Using your device, you can send multiple-step recipe instructions to your smart range or oven, so you can focus on the task at hand. For example, garlic bread can go from baking to broiling without any manual adjustment. Preheat your oven with the touch of a button when you’re in the laundry room folding clothes, or adjust the oven temperature to finish your meal while you set the table. 

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4. Control with voice commands

When your hands are full and you’re busy in the kitchen, no need to stop what you’re doing to change a setting on your oven or range. Simply connect your smart appliance to your compatible voice-enabled device and conveniently control your oven or range as you cook.1

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With a Whirlpool® Smart Range or Oven you can manage your family’s tasks and get your favorite meals started even when you’re on the go.

Uses for your smart microwave

Whether you want to be able to monitor your food’s progress or you need the ability to control your microwave even when your hands are full, a smart microwave is a convenient addition to your kitchen. Whirlpool® Smart Microwaves come with connected features that help you multitask and manage your kitchen no matter where you are. Continue reading to learn more about the uses for a smart microwave.

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5. Maintenance Alerts and Guided Service

With your smart microwave, you can get alerts to your device when your microwave’s lightbulb is out, or it has become disconnected from the wi-fi or is otherwise in need of your attention. With select Whirlpool® models, you can also keep track of scheduled maintenance appointments and make sure issues are known using the app to send data from the appliance directly to Whirlpool brand customer service.

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6. Check cycle progress

Using your smartphone or device, you can get up-to-the-minute updates on your food’s cooking progress. Once your cycle is complete, a notification will be sent to your device.

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7. Remote Start

No matter where you are, you can turn your smart microwave on in convection bake mode. With a Whirlpool® smart microwave, you can use your smartphone or tablet to remotely turn on your microwave to convection mode so it's heated up and ready to cook meals when you are.

Uses for your smart washer & dryer

Whirlpool® smart laundry appliances help make the process of caring for your family’s clothes and tackling your everyday to-do’s more efficient. Smart washers and dryers have wi-fi connected features that allow you to control them remotely and get your laundry done while taking care of tasks in other areas of your home. Keep reading to learn more about the features of these smart gadgets for your home.

Smart washers and dryers from Whirlpool brand conveniently allow you to unlock specialty cycles, control your appliance with your voice and keep caring during life’s busiest times.

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8. Remember settings

With a smart washer and dryer you can get instant access to the settings you use most with a touchscreen that learns, adapts and suggests customized presets based on your family’s routines. With select models from Whirlpool brand, you can also create and save your own favorite cycles for even more customized care.

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9. Change cycles with voice commands

When you’re juggling a to-do list, utilize your smart appliance’s voice-activated technology to keep laundry day moving no matter what you’ve got on your hands. Select models from Whirlpool brand can be controlled with simple voice commands using the Google Assistant or an Alexa-enabled device.1

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10. Schedule Wash Cycle

No need to leave clothes sitting in the washer or wait to start a cycle until you are home. With your smart appliance, you can schedule your washer so your clothes are ready for the dryer when you are.

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Whirlpool brand offers smart laundry appliances to help you tackle your to-dos and better care for your family. With features like Intuitive Controls, you can let the washer guide you to the right cycle combinations or customize up to 35 of your own to get the right type of fabric care for whatever you're washing. Select Whirlpool® Smart Washing Machines and Smart Dryers even offer downloadable specialty cycles, which unlock the full cleaning potential of your machines.

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